Just a few ramblings from a confused guy. Former military, former cop. Husband. Father. Student. Role playing gamer, on intermittent weeks. Avid reader. Internet addict. Small "l" libertarian. Too many others to mention. The views and opinions expressed herein are my own, and do not reflect those of any official agency or government or species. Names have been changed to protect the guilty; God protects the innocent as a matter of course.
“May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.”
"This report is maybe 12-years-old. Parliament buried it, and it stayed buried till River dug it up. This is what they feared she knew. And they were right to fear because there's a whole universe of folk who are gonna know it, too. They're gonna see it. Somebody has to speak for these people. You all got on this boat for different reasons, but you all come to the same place. So now I'm asking more of you than I have before. Maybe all. Sure as I know anything I know this, they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, 10, they'll swing back to the belief that they can make people . . . better. And I do not hold to that. So no more running. I aim to misbehave." ~ Captain Malcom Reynolds
Thursday, August 25, 2011
A Worthy Cause
The organization has now purchased a retreat in the mountains of Virginia, solely intended as a location for these people to be able to stay in a relaxing setting for a period of time and enjoy life in the country - particularly for those junior enlisted members who are financially struggling.
Please consider taking a moment to provide a small donation for the Boulder Crest Retreat - I will be doing so myself. Also, if you know of any organizations seeking a good charitable donation please steer them this way.
A SEAL and his dog
Rest in peace warrior.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
I Feel the Earth Move
So um yeah, that was my first earthquake - interesting.
I happened to be in the D.C. area at the time - I thought at first it was one of the Metro trains going by, but then realized that no it was the whole place, right about the time several of the other cops there all had the same moment of "Ummm that's an earthquake."
Fortunately all the family & friends safe and sound. Not sure how you left coast people deal with them all the time.
Oh - and we're expecting a hurricane this weekend. Any other natural disasters I need to pack a bag for?
Sunday, August 21, 2011
NPR's top 100 SF/Fantasy
- The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
- Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card
- The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert
- A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin
- 1984, by George Orwell
- Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
- The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov
- Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
- American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
- The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
- The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan
- Animal Farm, by George Orwell
- Neuromancer, by William Gibson
- Watchmen, by Alan Moore
- I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov
- Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein
- The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss
- Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
- Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
- Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick
- The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood
- The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King
- 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
- The Stand, by Stephen King
- Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
- The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury
- Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
- The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman
- A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
- Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein
- Watership Down, by Richard Adams
- Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey
- The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein
- A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller
- The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells
- 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne
- Flowers For Algernon, by Daniel Keys
- The War Of The Worlds, by H.G. Wells
- The Chronicles Of Amber, by Roger Zelazny
- The Belgariad, by David Eddings
- The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley
- The Mistborn Series, by Brandon Sanderson
- Ringworld, by Larry Niven
- The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin
- The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Once And Future King, by T.H. White
- Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman
- Childhood's End, by Arthur C. Clarke
- Contact, by Carl Sagan
- The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons
- Stardust, by Neil Gaiman
- Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson
- World War Z, by Max Brooks
- The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle
- The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman
- Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett
- The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever, by Stephen R. Donaldson
- The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold
- Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett
- The Mote In God's Eye, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
- The Sword Of Truth, by Terry Goodkind
- The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
- Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
- I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson
- The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist
- The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks
- The Conan The Barbarian Series, by R.E. Howard
- The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb
- The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
- The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson
- A Journey To The Center Of The Earth, by Jules Verne
- The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore
- Old Man's War, by John Scalzi
- The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson
- Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke
- The Kushiel's Legacy Series, by Jacqueline Carey
- The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin
- Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury
- Wicked, by Gregory Maguire
- The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series, by Steven Erikson
- The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde
- The Culture Series, by Iain M. Banks
- The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart
- Anathem, by Neal Stephenson
- The Codex Alera Series, by Jim Butcher
- The Book Of The New Sun, by Gene Wolfe
- The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn
- The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldan
- The Elric Saga, by Michael Moorcock
- The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury
- Sunshine, by Robin McKinley
- A Fire Upon The Deep, by Vernor Vinge
- The Caves Of Steel, by Isaac Asimov
- The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson
- Lucifer's Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
- Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis
- Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville
- The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony
- The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Spambots are getting goods
"We guarantee you'll sweep with a married woman in your town this week!"
Ummm - looking at my lovely wife across from me, I'd say that's a safe guess.
Thought of the day...
One in office
One in prison......
Illinois already does this and it appears it's starting to work for them.
Source unknown, but not mine.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Rates tend to be higher than the "statistical" average, for a number of reasons. The stresses of the job, the stigma of "asking for help", the tendency of people to internalize everything they encounter etc. All of it adds up and takes a toll. Having seen a few too many of these amongst friends and coworkers I can speak to the effects.
A new book aims to address some of the issues, on a personal level. An article discussing it is HERE. Information on the book and the seminars for individuals and agencies is HERE.
I most strongly recommend anyone who is even remotely involved in public service take a few minutes to read, think and pass on.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
A Moment of Silence
The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of 30 servicemembers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died Aug. 6 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed.
The following sailors assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit were killed:
Lt. Cmdr. (SEAL) Jonas B. Kelsall, 32, of Shreveport, La.
Special Warfare Operator Master Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Louis J. Langlais, 44, of Santa Barbara, Calif.
Special Warfare Operator Senior Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Thomas A. Ratzlaff, 34, of Green Forest, Ark.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Senior Chief Petty Officer (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall Parachutist) Kraig M. Vickers 36, of Kokomo, Hawaii
Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Brian R. Bill, 31, of Stamford, Conn.
Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) John W. Faas, 31, of Minneapolis, Minn.
Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Kevin A. Houston, 35, of West Hyannisport, Mass.
Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Matthew D. Mason, 37, of Kansas City, Mo.
Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Stephen M. Mills, 35, of Fort Worth, Texas
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Chief Petty Officer (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall Parachutist/Diver) Nicholas H. Null, 30, of Washington, W.Va.
Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Robert J. Reeves, 32, of Shreveport, La.
Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Heath M. Robinson, 34, of Detroit, Mich.
Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Darrik C. Benson, 28, of Angwin, Calif.
Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL/Parachutist) Christopher G. Campbell, 36, of Jacksonville, N.C.
Information Systems Technician Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall Parachutist) Jared W. Day, 28, of Taylorsville, Utah
Master-at-Arms Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist) John Douangdara, 26, of South Sioux City, Neb.
Cryptologist Technician (Collection) Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist) Michael J. Strange, 25, of Philadelphia, Pa.
Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL/Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist) Jon T. Tumilson, 35, of Rockford, Iowa.
Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Aaron C. Vaughn, 30, of Stuart, Fla.
Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Jason R. Workman, 32, of Blanding, Utah.
The following sailors assigned to a West Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit were killed:
Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Jesse D. Pittman, 27, of Ukiah, Calif.
Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 2nd Class (SEAL) Nicholas P. Spehar, 24, ofSaint Paul, Minn.
The soldiers killed were:
Chief Warrant Officer David R. Carter, 47, of Centennial, Colo. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), Aurora, Colo.
Chief Warrant Officer Bryan J. Nichols, 31, of Hays, Kan. He was assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), New Century, Kan.
Sgt. Patrick D. Hamburger, 30, of Lincoln, Neb. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), Grand Island, Neb.
Sgt. Alexander J. Bennett, 24, of Tacoma, Wash. He was assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), New Century, Kan.
Spc. Spencer C. Duncan, 21, of Olathe, Kan. He was assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), New Century, Kan.
The airmen killed were:
Tech. Sgt. John W. Brown, 33, of Tallahassee, Fla.
Staff Sgt. Andrew W. Harvell, 26, of Long Beach, Calif.
Tech. Sgt. Daniel L. Zerbe, 28, of York, Pa.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Yet another case of links instead of content
God's been blogging - the comments are great.
Going back to an actual, real day off here.
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Plus separate work drama, none involving me.
Then, news this morning about a large loss of life amongst the Teams and some other U.S. SOF personnel from a helo shoot-down. Still trying to track down some names & such, but info is scarce.
Blogging to resume later - my mind isn't in it right now.